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Aramis Ayala's Hundreds-Strong Supporting Cast to Hit the Capitol

March 29, 2017 - 5:45pm

Aramis Ayala, who probably 90 percent of Florida had never heard of before March, may wind up as one of the 2017 legislative session's most prominent figures. Indirectly, anyway.

Miami Judge Tosses Philip Levine's Minimum-Wage Hike

March 28, 2017 - 2:00pm

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has lost the first round of his clash with Gov. Rick Scott and his fight to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.31 per hour. Circuit Judge Peter R. Lopez issued a ruling Tuesday declaring Miami Beach's Living Wage Ordinance invalid.

Keep the High-Speed Rail Safety Bills Moving Forward

March 27, 2017 - 8:30pm

All Aboard Florida doesn't want to pay for safety, thinks it shouldn't have to. So it's fighting like a jackrabbit to get off on a technicality as the Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act reaches committees in both chambers.

Rosier and Rosier for the Semblers; Cary Pigman's Blurry, Blurry Night

March 24, 2017 - 8:00pm

This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.


The Semblers Were in Tallahassee to Collect

You had to know Mel and Betty Sembler weren't in Tallahassee this week to check out the remodeled Capitol. Actually, what they're in town doing is collecting on their campaign favors.

Cashing in on their investment.

Lawmakers, When Mel and Betty Sembler Talk ... Run Fast, Run Far

March 23, 2017 - 8:00am
Mel and Betty Sembler, couple shown right

Apparently there are still people in Florida -- including leaders in the Florida Legislature, of all places -- who are perfectly happy to give Mel and Betty Sembler's drug policy the time of day.

Aramis Ayala Pushing Back into Markeith Loyd Murder Case

March 20, 2017 - 5:45pm

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala said Monday she is pushing back against Gov. Rick Scott's decision last week to remove her from the case of accused cop killer Markeith Loyd.

Katie Edwards Is Engaged; Winners, Losers and Medical Marijuana

March 17, 2017 - 8:15am

This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.

The U.S. Sugar Twist-a-roo: Environmentalists Are Their Own Worst Enemies

March 16, 2017 - 6:00am

No wonder sugar people are so loathe to speak up in their own defense. This week the twisted tongues of environmentalists showed us why.

Florida Must Keep Its Certificate of Need Program

March 15, 2017 - 6:00am

Certainly in most areas of American society, I stand tall for free-market principles. I always have. But when the conversation turns to eliminating what remains of the Certificate of Need Program (CON), I strongly oppose deregulation.

Indiantown and Hobe Sound: What Happens When a County Commission Fails

March 13, 2017 - 6:00am
Indiantown Marina

Despite a new, business-friendlier commission majority elected last fall in Martin County, the dictatorial regime of the last commission woke up a pair of unincorporated Martin communities.


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